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Rees Road Water Main Extension - Melton South

We’re constructing a new water main along Rees Road between Hume Avenue and Toolern Waters Drive to ensure we can provide quality drinking water to the growing Melton South community.

Project snapshot

Town(s): Melton South, 

Status: Complete

Cost: $1 million

Expected Completion Date: Early 2017

This essential water infrastructure project is part of Western Water’s preparation for rapid residential development and population growth in the Melton South area.

Why is this project needed?

This extension of the water main is needed to ensure we can provide quality drinking water to Toolern Waters Estate and Waterford Estate residents.

Once complete, it will permanently connect residents to our water supply network, enable residential growth in the precinct, and provide a connection point for future water infrastructure in the precinct.

What will the work involve?

We are extending a 600mm diameter water main along the north side of Rees Road, starting at Hume Avenue. It will cross Mapleton Boulevard, the service road entry and exit and stop near Toolern Waters Drive.

The 650m water main will be installed in the nature strip using open trenching − when we dig a trench to lay the water main.

Once the work near properties is complete, driveways, nature strips and the road surface will be reinstated to their original condition.

When will the work take place?

Our contractor arrived onsite in November 2016. Weather permitting; we expect to finish the project in March 2017.

Working hours?

Our working hours are 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday’s 8.00am to 1.00pm.

What impacts can I expect during the works?

Western Water will work closely with its contractor to minimise disruption to nearby properties during construction, however the following are likely to occur:


Traffic management will be in place when required. You will notice increased construction traffic along the road as our contractor goes about their work.

We apologise for the inconvenience and ask that you closely observe changes in traffic and driving conditions.

Noise and dust

During the daytime, you’ll hear construction noise and see dust coming from our site throughout the project. This will not last long as our contractor will continue to move along the water main alignment throughout the project.


You can expect to see excavation work on the side of the road. Fencing, barricades and trench covers may be used near the worksite to ensure your safety.

Will my driveway be affected?

We will need to temporarily work across some driveways for short periods. Affected residents will be notified in advance by our contractor so that alternative access arrangements can be made. Your driveway will be reinstated once construction works are completed.

Will you repair any damage to nature strips and roads?

During construction of any new water main, we’ll take temporary measures such as filling and covering holes to ensure the work area is safe. Toward the end of the project, Western Water will restore any disturbed areas their original condition.

Will my water supply be interrupted?

Connecting your home to the new water main will require us to interrupt your water supply. We will notify you in advance before this happens.

Where can I get more information?

Please email or contact Community Engagement and Stakeholder Relations Advisor on 1300 650 422 during business hours.

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